Painter and film director Julian Schnabel will visit the Twin Cities in mid-March for a Regis Dialog at the Walker Art Center. The event will be the culmination of three weeks of a retrospective of his acclaimed film work.
While he prefers to see himself as a painter, Schnabel is now better recognized for his film-making. The Walker retrospective will include all five of his features so far, including his latest “Miral” which tells a very personal history of Middle Eastern conflict through the eyes of four female characters.
Schnabel’s best known film is the multiple-Oscar nominated “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007) which tells the story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a high-flying magazine editor almost completely paralyzed by a massive stroke. The film is based on Bauby’s memoir, which he dictated by blinking to an assistant.
The Walker retrospective will open with his first film “Basquiat,” (1996) followed by “Before Night Falls” (2000) which drew Javier Bardem’s first Oscar nomination. It’s followed “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and then a free screening of “Berlin” (2007) which captured Lou Reed’s first live performance of his famous album in 30 years.
The final weekend of the Schnabel event includes a screening of “Miral” on March 18th, and then the Dialog between Schnabel and Walker curator Darsie Alexander on March 19th.